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Making Sense Of The 44th NAACP Image Awards Nominees…

Making Sense Of The 44th NAACP Image Awards Nominees...

Well… what can I say, other than that it’s the NAACP Image Awards. And as it happens annually, several of the selections on the list (or not on the list, but really should be) leave me utterly confused by the committee’s selection process, and I hope we can get someone over there to talk to us. 

As this is primarily a film blog, I skipped over the other sections to see who and what titles made the nominee short lists in the various categories, and, to start, was dumbfounded by the awards committee’s selections (and omissions) for Outstanding Motion Picture and Outstanding Indie Feature.

One glaring omission in both categories is Ava DuVernay’s Middle Of Nowhere, which was overlooked in favor of *critically-acclaimed* films like Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds, Red Tails and Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day

Whatever you may or may not think of the film, I’m not even sure that an alternate universe exists in which any film lover/critic would put any of those 3 titles above Middle Of Nowhere.

It’s a bit tougher to argue against a film like Beasts Of The Southern Wild; it’s just that film’s year. Everyone (well almost) seems to want it to succeed – those with power, and those without. But it also a good film! So I expect it’ll continue to dominate awards nominees and wins lists throughout this season, as it’s already done.

Glad to see Chico & Rita get a nod. The awards committee does seem to be paying attention some of the time.

Flight (Denzel Washington) is automatic. I think we’d all be shocked if that wasn’t on the Outstanding Motion Picture list; as is Django Unchained, even though it’s not out yet. I’ve seen it, but there’s an embargo on commentary on the movie, so I can’t really talk about it publicly just yet. So I won’t say whether or not I think it deserves a nod.

I never did see Unconditional (the Michael Ealy indie drama), so I can’t comment on that either.

But seriously NAACP, it’s just really strange, and seems almost deliberate that Middle Of Nowhere is absent from BOTH lists. You’d think, at the very least, given that it is a critically-acclaimed work, and has picked up some major awards along the way (just like Beasts Of The Southern Wild), that it would be nominated for Outstanding Independent Motion Picture. AT LEAST that; even if it’s left off the overall Outstanding Motion Picture nominees list.

Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds is absolutely NOT an award-worthy film; Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day is NOT an award-worthy film; Red Tails is absolutely NOT an award-worthy film. Maybe if there were technical categories, sure. But as a film, no!

I’m just being completely honest here folks! So forgive my bluntness. But really… come on son!

But it’s good that they recognized the film in some of the acting categories. However, if several of the actors in the film are nodded, you’d think that would suggest something about the film itself.

The international motion picture category is another story, but I won’t even bother commenting on that. Again, glad Chico & Rita got a nod (definitely deserving), but there are far more worthy foreign films released in the USA in the last 12 months that should’ve been mentioned in that category – especially if The Raid made the cut. For example, Otelo Burning is an excellent South African drama, which is currently in theaters. Maybe no one on the NAACP committee was aware of it; I don’t know.

And how does The Central Park Five not make the Outstanding Documentary list?

Anyway, like I said, it’s the NAACP Image Awards. Lah-di-dah…


Two-Hour Special Airs Live Friday, February 1 on NBC

ABC and CBS Lead the Nominees in the TV Categories

RCA Leads in the Recording Category

BEVERLY HILLS, CA (December 11, 2012) — The nominees for THE 44TH NAACP IMAGE AWARDS were announced today during a live press conference from the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, CA.  Anthony Anderson (Guys with Kids), Niecy Nash (The Soul Man), Yvette Nicole Brown (Community), Garcelle Beauvais (Flight), Tyler James Williams (Go On), and Zendaya (Shake It Up!) announced the categories and nominees.

The NAACP Image Awards celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors.  Winners will be announced during the two-hour star-studded event, which will air live on Friday, February 1 (8 ET live/PT tape-delayed) on NBC.  

ABC and CBS lead the nominees in the TV categories with 20 and 12 nominations respectively, followed by HBO and Lifetime with 10 and NBC with 9.  In the recording category, RCA leads with 11 nominations, followed by Atlantic with 10 nominations.  The Weinstein Company leads with 4 nominations, and Lionsgate and Paramount Pictures follow with 4 in the motion picture category.

“We are proud to celebrate the artists and activists who use their craft to share positive images of our culture.” stated NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock. “The artistic community is an important ally for social justice, and the NAACP Image Awards provides an excellent venue to recognize those who make a difference through art and activism.”

“We are happy that once again the Image Awards will be aired on NBC,” said NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. “For 44 years, the Image Awards have recognized the best that communities of color have to offer, both in the arts and in civil rights. The NAACP is proud to honor all of these achievements.”

Founded in 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. The organization’s half-million adult and youth members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities and monitor equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

The 44TH NAACP Image Awards are sponsored by: FedEx, AARP, UAW/Chrysler, Wells Fargo, Ford Motor Company, Anheuser Busch, Hyundai Motors, AT&T, Southwest Airlines and Walgreens.

Following is the list of categories and nominees for the 44TH NAACP Image Awards:


Outstanding Comedy Series

  • “Glee” (FOX)
  • “Modern Family” (ABC)
  • “The Game” (BET)
  • “The Mindy Project” (FOX)
  • “The Soul Man” (TV Land)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Anthony Anderson – “Guys with Kids” (NBC)
  • Damon Wayans, Jr. – “Happy Endings” (ABC)
  • Don Cheadle – “House Of Lies” (Showtime)
  • Donald Faison – “The Exes” (TV Land)
  • Hosea Chanchez – “The Game” (BET)

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Amber Riley – “Glee” (FOX)
  • Cassi Davis – “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” (TBS)
  • Kellita Smith – “The First Family” (Syndicated)
  • Tatyana Ali – “Love That Girl” (TV One)
  • Wendy Raquel Robinson – “The Game” (BET)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Aziz Ansari – “Parks and Recreation” (NBC)
  • Craig Robinson – “The Office” (NBC)
  • Donald Glover – “Community” (NBC)
  • Lance Gross – “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” (TBS)
  • Tracy Morgan – “30 Rock” (NBC)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Anna Deavere Smith – “Nurse Jackie” (Showtime)
  • Gabourey Sidibe – “The Big C” (Showtime)
  • Gladys Knight – “The First Family” (Syndicated)
  • Rashida Jones – “Parks and Recreation” (NBC)
  • Vanessa Williams – “Desperate Housewives” (ABC)

Outstanding Drama Series

  • “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO)
  • “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)
  • “Scandal” (ABC)
  • “Treme” (HBO)
  • “True Blood” (HBO)

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series

  • Dulé Hill – “Psych” (USA)
  • Hill Harper – “CSI: NY” (CBS)
  • LL Cool J – “NCIS: Los Angeles” (CBS)
  • Michael Clarke Duncan – “The Finder” (FOX)
  • Wendell Pierce – “Treme” (HBO)

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series

  • Chandra Wilson – “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)
  • Kerry Washington – “Scandal” (ABC)
  • Khandi Alexander – “Treme” (HBO)
  • Regina King – “SouthLAnd” (TNT)
  • Sandra Oh – “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

  • Clarke Peters – “Treme” (HBO)
  • Dev Patel – “The Newsroom” (HBO)
  • Omar Epps – “House M.D.” (FOX)
  • Rockmond Dunbar – “Sons of Anarchy” (FX)
  • Rocky Carroll – “NCIS” (CBS)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

  • Archie Panjabi – “The Good Wife” (CBS)
  • Joy Bryant – “Parenthood” (NBC)
  • Loretta Devine – “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)
  • Lucy Lui – “SouthLAnd” (TNT)
  • Rutina Wesley – “True Blood” (HBO)

Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special

  • “Abducted: The Carlina White Story” (Lifetime)
  • “Hallmark Hall of Fame’s FIRELIGHT” (ABC)
  • “Raising Izzie” (GMC TV)
  • “Steel Magnolias” (Lifetime)
  • “Sugar Mommas” (GMC TV)

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special

  • Afemo Omilami – “Steel Magnolias” (Lifetime)
  • Cuba Gooding, Jr. – “Hallmark Hall of Fame’s FIRELIGHT” (ABC)
  • Michael Jai White – “Somebody’s Child” (GMC TV)
  • Rockmond Dunbar – “Raising Izzie” (GMC TV)
  • Tory Kittles – “Steel Magnolias” (Lifetime)

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special

  • Alfre Woodard – “Steel Magnolias” (Lifetime)
  • Jill Scott – “Steel Magnolias” (Lifetime)
  • Keke Palmer – “Abducted: The Carlina White Story” (Lifetime)
  • Phylicia Rashad – “Steel Magnolias” (Lifetime)
  • Queen Latifah – “Steel Magnolias” (Lifetime)

Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series

  • Aaron D. Spears – “The Bold and the Beautiful” (CBS)
  • Erik Valdez – “General Hospital” (ABC)
  • James Reynolds – “Days of Our Lives” (NBC)
  • Kristoff St. John – “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)
  • Rodney Saulsberry – “The Bold and the Beautiful” (CBS)

Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series

  • Angell Conwell – “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)
  • Julia Pace Mitchell – “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)
  • Kristolyn Lloyd – “The Bold and the Beautiful” (CBS)
  • Shenell Edmonds – “One Life to Live” (ABC)
  • Tatyana Ali – “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)

Outstanding News/ Information – (Series or Special)

  • “Ask Obama Live: An MTV Interview with The President” (MTV)
  • “Judge Mathis” (Syndicated)
  • “Save My Son with Dr. Steve Perry” (TV One)
  • “Unsung” (TV One)
  • “Washington Watch with Roland Martin” (TV One)

Outstanding Talk Series

  • “Don’t Sleep!” (BET)
  • “Oprah’s Lifeclass” (OWN)
  • “Oprah’s Next Chapter” (OWN)
  • “The View” (ABC)
  • “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell” (FX)

Outstanding Reality Series

  • “Dancing with the Stars” (ABC)
  • “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” (HBO)
  • “The X Factor” (FOX)
  • “Tia & Tamera” (Style)
  • “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” (OWN)

Outstanding Variety Series or Special

  • “Black Girls Rock” (BET)
  • “Oprah and the Legendary Cast of Roots 35 Years Later” (OWN)
  • “Oprah’s Master Class” (OWN)
  • “The First Graduating Class: Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls” (OWN)
  • “Verses & Flow” (TV One)

Outstanding Children’s Program

  • “Degrassi” (TeenNick)
  • “Kasha and the Zulu King” (BET)
  • “The Legend of Korra” (Nickelodeon)
  • “The TeenNick HALO Awards 2012” (Nick@Nite)
  • “The Weight of the Nation for Kids” (HBO)

Outstanding Performance in a Youth/ Children’s Program – (Series or Special)

  • China Anne McClain – “A.N.T. Farm” (Disney Channel)
  • Keke Palmer – “Winx Club” (Nickelodeon)
  • Loretta Devine – “Doc McStuffins” (Disney Junior block on Disney Channel)
  • Nick Cannon – “The TeenNick HALO Awards 2012” (Nick@Nite)
  • Tyler James Williams – “Let It Shine” (Disney Channel)


Outstanding New Artist

  • Elle Varner (MBK / RCA)
  • Gary Clark, Jr. (Warner Bros. Records)
  • Lianne La Havas (Nonesuch Records Inc. / Warner Bros. Records)
  • Melanie Amaro (Epic Records)
  • The OMG Girlz (Pretty Hustle / Grand Hustle / Streamline / Interscope)

Outstanding Male Artist

  • Bruno Mars (Atlantic)
  • Lupe Fiasco (Atlantic)
  • Miguel (ByStorm / RCA)
  • Trey Songz (Atlantic)
  • Usher (RCA Records)

Outstanding Female Artist

  • Alicia Keys (RCA Records)
  • Elle Varner (MBK / RCA)
  • Estelle (Atlantic)
  • Missy Elliott (Atlantic)
  • Tamela Mann (Tillymann Music Group)

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration

  • Chuck D, Johnny Juice,, Herbie Hancock (Iconomy Multi-Media & Entertainment)
  • fun. feat. Janelle Monae (Atlantic)
  • Lupe Fiasco feat. Guy Sebastian (Atlantic)
  • Mary Mary (Columbia)
  • Ne-Yo, Herbie Hancock, Johnny Rzeznik, Delta Rae, Natasha Bedingfield (Forward Song, LLC)

Outstanding Jazz Album

  • “Bone Appetit [Vol. 1 and 2]” – Jeff Bradshaw (Hidden Beach)
  • “Dreams” – Brian Culbertson (Verve Records)
  • “Renaissance” – Marcus Miller (Concord Jazz)
  • “Seeds From The Underground” – Kenny Garrett (Mack Avenue Records)
  • “The Preservation Hall 50th Anniversary Collection” – The Preservation Hall Jazz Band (Legacy)

Outstanding Gospel Album – (Traditional or Contemporary)

  • “Best Days” – Tamela Mann (Tillymann Music Group)
  • “Go Get It” – Mary Mary (Columbia)
  • “God, Love & Romance” – Fred Hammond (Verity Gospel Music Group)
  • “I Win” – Marvin Sapp (Verity Gospel Music Group)
  • “Le’Andria Johnson The Experience” – Le’Andria Johnson (Music World Gospel / Music World)

Outstanding World Music Album

  • “Ayah Ye! Moving Train” – KG Omulo (KG Omulo)
  • “Country, God, Or The Girl” – K’NAAN (A&M / Octone Records)
  • “Diversionary” – Brother B (King Chero Records)
  • “Wonderful Life” – Estelle (Atlantic)

Outstanding Music Video

  • “Adorn” – Miguel (ByStorm / RCA)
  • “Girl On Fire” – Alicia Keys (RCA Records)
  • “Locked Out Of Heaven” – Bruno Mars (Atlantic)
  • “This Christmas” – CeeLo Green (Elektra)
  • “You’re On My Mind” – KEM (Universal Motown)

Outstanding Song

  • “Be Mine for Christmas” – KEM (Universal Motown)
  • “Glorify the King” – KEM (Universal Motown)
  • “I Look To You” – Whitney Houston and R. Kelly (RCA Records)
  • “Locked Out Of Heaven” – Bruno Mars (Atlantic)
  • “You’re On My Mind” – KEM (Universal Motown)

Outstanding Album

  • “Bad – 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition” – Michael Jackson (Legacy / Epic)
  • “Girl On Fire” – Alicia Keys (RCA Records)
  • “I Will Always Love You: The Best Of Whitney Houston” – Whitney Houston (RCA Records)
  • “On the Shoulders of Giants – The Soundtrack” – Chuck D,, Herbie Hancock, Nikki Yannofsky (Iconomy Multi-Media & Entertainment )
  • “Perfectly Imperfect” – Elle Varner (MBK / RCA)


Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction

  • “A Wish and a Prayer: A Blessings Novel” – Beverly Jenkins (HarperCollins Publishers (William Morrow Paperbacks))
  • “Destiny’s Divas” – Victoria Christopher Murray (Touchstone / Simon & Schuster)
  • “Silent Cry” – Dywane Birch (Strebor Books)
  • “The Reverend’s Wife” – Kimberla Lawson Roby (Grand Central’s Wife)
  • “The Secret She Kept” – ReShonda Tate Billingsley (Gallery Books, a division of Simon & Schuster)

Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction

  • “Fraternity” – Diane Brady (Spiegel & Grau (Random House))
  • “Guest of Honor: Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and the White House Dinner That Shocked a Nation” – Deborah Davis (Atria Books / Simon & Schuster)
  • “Power Concedes Nothing: One Woman’s Quest for Social Justice in America, from the Courtroom to the Kill Zones” – Connie Rice (Scribner)
  • “The Courage to Hope” – Shirley Sherrod (Atria Books)
  • “The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court ” – Jeffrey Toobin (Doubleday)

Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author

  • “A Cupboard Full of Coats” – Yvvette Edwards (HarperCollins Publishers (Amistad))
  • “Antebellum” – R. Kayeen Thomas (Strebor Books)
  • “Congo: Spirit of Darkness” – Mayi Ngwala (Genet Press)
  • “Nikki G: A Portrait of Nikki Giovanni in Her Own Words” – Darryl L. Lacy (Darryl L. Lacy (iUniverse))
  • “The Sister Accord: 51 Ways To Love Your Sister” – Sonia Jackson Myles (The Sister Accord, LLC)

Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/ Auto-Biography

  • “Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change” – John Lewis (Hyperion)
  • “Interventions: A Life in War and Peace” – Kofi Annan (The Penguin Press)
  • “The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo” – Tom Reiss (Crown Publishers)
  • “The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities ” – Will Allen (Gotham Books)
  • “The One: The Life and Music of James Brown” – RJ Smith (Gotham Books)

Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional

  • “12 Ways to Put Money in Your Pocket Every Month Without A Part Time Job; The Skinny Book That Makes Your Wallet Fat” – Jennifer Matthews (Pickett Fennell Publishing Group)
  • “Formula 50: A 6-Week Workout and Nutrition Plan That Will Transform Your Life ” – 50 Cent (Avery (Penguin Group))
  • “Health First: The Black Woman’s Wellness Guide” – Eleanor Hinton Hoytt, Hilary Beard (SmileyBooks)
  • “It’s Complicated (But It Doesn’t Have to Be): A Modern Guide to Finding and Keeping Love” – Paul Carrick Brunson (Gotham Books)
  • “The No Excuse Guide to Success: No Matter What Your Boss or Life Throws at You” – Jim Smith, Jr. (Career Press)

Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry

  • “Hurrah’s Nest” – Arisa White (Virtual Artists Collective)
  • “Maybe the Saddest Thing” – Marcus Wicker (HarperCollins Publishers (Harper Perennial))
  • “Speak Water” – Truth Thomas (Cherry Castle Publishing)
  • “The Ground” – Rowan Ricardo Phillips (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • “Thrall” – Natasha Trethewey (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Outstanding Literary Work – Children

  • “Fifty Cents and a Dream” – Jabari Asim (Author), Bryan Collier (Illustrator) (Little,nBrown Books for Young Readers)
  • “Harlem’s Little Blackbird” – Renee Watson (Author), Christian Robinson (Illustrator) (Random House Books for Young Readers (Random House Children’s Books))
  • “In the Land of Milk and Honey” – Joyce Carol Thomas (Author), Floyd Cooper (Illustrator) (HarperCollins / Amistad)
  • “Indigo Blume and the Garden City” – Kwame Alexander (Word of Mouth Books)
  • “What Color is My World?” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Author), Raymons Obstfeld (Author), A.G. Ford (Illustrator) (Candlewick Press)

Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens

  • “Fire in the Streets” – Kekla Magoon (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing)
  • “Obama Talks Back: Global Lessons – A Dialogue With America’s Young Leaders” – Gregory Reed (Amber Books)
  • “Pinned” – Sharon G. Flake (Scholastic Press)
  • “The Diary of B. B. Bright, Possible Princess” – Alice Randall (Author), Caroline Williams (Author), Shadra Strickland (Illustrator) (Turner Publishing Company)
  • “The Mighty Miss Malone” – Christopher Paul Curtis (Wendy Lamb Books (Random House Children’s Books))


Outstanding Motion Picture

  • “Beasts of the Southern Wild” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
  • “Django Unchained” (The Weinstein Company)
  • “Flight” (Paramount Pictures)
  • “Red Tails” (Lucasfilm)
  • “Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds” (Lionsgate)

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

  • Denzel Washington – “Flight” (Paramount Pictures)
  • Jamie Foxx – “Django Unchained” (The Weinstein Company)
  • Morgan Freeman – “The Magic of Belle Isle” (Magnolia Pictures)
  • Suraj Sharma – “Life of Pi” (20th Century Fox)
  • Tyler Perry – “Alex Cross” (Summit Entertainment)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture

  • Emayatzy Corinealdi – “Middle of Nowhere” (AAFRM)
  • Halle Berry – “Cloud Atlas” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
  • Loretta Devine – “In The Hive” (Eone Entertainment)
  • Quvenzhané Wallis – “Beasts of the Southern Wild” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
  • Viola Davis – “Won’t Back Down” (20th Century Fox)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

  • David Oyelowo – “Middle of Nowhere” (AFFRM)
  • Don Cheadle – “Flight” (Paramount Pictures)
  • Dwight Henry – “Beasts of the Southern Wild” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
  • Lenny Kravitz – “The Hunger Games” (Lionsgate)
  • Samuel L. Jackson – “Django Unchained” (The Weinstein Company)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

  • Amandla Stenberg – “The Hunger Games” (Lionsgate)
  • Gloria Reuben – “Lincoln” (The Walt Disney Studios)
  • Kerry Washington – “Django Unchained” (The Weinstein Company)
  • Phylicia Rashad – “Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds” (Lionsgate)
  • Taraji P. Henson – “Think Like a Man” (Screen Gems)

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture

  • “Beasts of the Southern Wild” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
  • “Chico & Rita” (GKIDS)
  • “Red Tails” (Lucasfilm)
  • “Unconditional” (Harbinger Media Partners)
  • “Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day” (Codeblack)

Outstanding International Motion Picture

  • “Chico & Rita” (GKIDS)
  • “For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada” (ARC Entertainment)
  • “Special Forces” (eOne Films)
  • “The Intouchables” (The Weinstein Company)
  • “The Raid: Redemption” (Sony Pictures Classics)


Outstanding Documentary – (Theatrical or Television)

  • “Black Wings” (Smithsonian Channel)
  • “Brooklyn Castle” (Producers Distribution Agency)
  • “First Position” (IFC Films)
  • “Marley” (Magnolia Pictures)
  • “On the Shoulders of Giants – The Story of the Greatest Team You’ve Never Heard Of” (Showtime)


Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series

  • Karin Gist – “House of Lies” – Mini-Mogul (Showtime)
  • Marc Wilmore – “The Simpsons” – The Spy Who Learned Me (FOX)
  • Michael Shipley – “Last Man Standing” – High Expectations (ABC)
  • Prentice Penny – “Happy Endings” – Meet the Parrots (ABC)
  • Vali Chandrasekaran, Robert Carlock – “30 Rock” – Murphy Brown Lied to Us (NBC)

Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series

  • Cheo Hodari Coker – “SouthLAnd” – God’s Work (TNT)
  • Janine Sherman Barrios – “Criminal Minds” – The Pact (CBS)
  • Shonda Rhimes – “Grey’s Anatomy” – Flight (ABC)
  • Shonda Rhimes – “Scandal” – Sweet Baby (ABC)
  • Zoanne Clack – “Grey’s Anatomy” – This Magic Moment (ABC)

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture – (Theatrical or Television)

  • Elizabeth Hunter – “Abducted: The Carlina White Story” (Lifetime)
  • John Gatins – “Flight” (Paramount Pictures)
  • John Ridley, Aaron McGruder – “Red Tails” (Lucasfilm)
  • Keith Merryman, David A. Newman – “Think Like a Man” (Screen Gems)
  • Ol Parker – “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

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Do European americans or asian americans have their own awards show? No, we are all americans and don't need to separate ourselves from others.

So why do BLACKS or african americans seem to want their own?
Hopefully there is something better on that night for the majority of America to watch…

Get over yourselves please… I know all blacks don't think they are above all, LMAO, like Denzel Washington, good people.. oh and Obama is 1/2 white.. LOL..


The outstanding actor & supporting actor for comedy noms pretty good to me…except for Lance Gross. I would rather see one of the guys from Don't Trust the Bitch or even (sigh) Winston from New Girl take that slot. A win for Damon, Aziz, or Donald Glover would be awesome…not that I'll be watching.


Lord, I just noticed that the OMG Girlz got a best new artist nomination. OMG and no Luke James for best new artist? The apocalypse is nigh…..


Come on, folks. Award shows are promotional affairs. They are they to promote the films, film makers, actors, etc. They are not there to "reward" someone's idea of excellence. It just so happens that sometimes they do that while they are promoting.

Small, indie Films often have small audiences and little known actors and directors. That doesn't translate well when you want ratings for your show. Well know actors, film makers, etc. bode well for creating buzz. And people like Perry have the funds to use the Image Awards as his own promotional tool. That's been the game for years now. That's not just the Image Awards either. All of them are the same way. They are just done on a larger scale.

We allow ourselves to be hustled by putting so much stock into these award shows.


I agree with your above post about holding your comments to many to name but the main points I just wanted to stress was: No inclusion of a TP film in the Outstanding category when Red Tails, Middle of Nowhere or anything else could have been put in those categories. Also Lenny was on screen less than 30 mins, so the inclusion on Supporting is stretching when Robert DeNiro's performance in Lincoln could have taken that spot. I'm glad someone included Cloud Atlas for something but Red Tails is not, I repeat IS NOT an INDEPENDENT FILM! That to me is the most glaring of things, Red Tails was produced by Movie Mogul/Titan George Lucas who used his ILM studios to do all the work – that spot could have easily been given to Central Park 5, Middle of Nowhere or the rarely seen Pebbles' We The Party and speaking of the Central Park 5, how could that not been included in documentaries. Its clear that NAACP Image Awards is becoming like the Oscars, showing favoritism to the power players.

Miles Maker

"I never let a statue tell me how nice I am." Phife Dawg, Award Tour – A Tribe Called Quest

Mr. SOUL! The Movie

Help me understand how the same film (BEASTS) can simultaneously qualify for both Outstanding (big budget) Motion Picture and Outstanding Independent (small budget, less than $500K) Motion Picture at the same time. Doesn't being in one category preclude being in the other?


"…which was overlooked in favor of *critically-acclaimed* films like Tyler Perry's Good Deeds, Red Tails and Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day," said Tambay. Take it easy there, bro…lol. It's just the Image awards. Play nice. Up until this article, I totally forgot they existed. Here I am, waiting for the SAG award nominees, the Golden Globe award nominees, the other union award nominess, etc. Image Awards just wasn't on my radar. They're a bunch of idiots. I can't be bothered. Seriously… I don't know if Middle of Nowhere deserves to be mentioned as I have not had the "pleasure" to see it yet. But heavy scrutiny of the wannabe award show should be permitted when they nominate films like Red tails and Good Deeds — both I have seen and hated. So, yeah, I understand your bafflement.


Yes Nate Parker from Arbitage and Lorraine Touissaint in Middle of Nowhere are major snubs as is Ava Duvernay which just seems deliberate and bizarre. The woman makes history and wins Sundance and is mentioned as an Oscar contender for the script but can't get love from her own people as director or writer or for her film and that is shameful. Also where is Spike Lee? Red Hook Summer wasn't amazing, but it was sure damn to hell better than Think Like A Man. What about Sparkle? Completely snubbed. Why is there no director category this year? There was in the past. Just dropped that? Why? Why is Beasts of SoWild in two categories for film? Where is Terence Nance's Sundance film or Victoria Mahoney's Berlin film or Matthew Cherry's SXSW film? For docs, Central Park Five and Slavery By Another Name not being there is insulting. Image Awards are trash.


What about Nate Parker as supporting actor who stole the film in Arbitrage?

I, too, would be interested in learning more about their appraisal process over at the NdoubleACP.


Didn't the Black People Awuh-rraads give the writer of The Help an honorary Coloured Person Badge award last year. They have been a joke for decades, I would not want to be jinxed by that mess during awards season.


Sergio and Tambay, you both are spouting a whole lotta of venom at the NAACP because they didn't nominate your favorite film of all time Middle of Nowhere and its director who is also clearly your all-time favorite. If they would have nominated them, you would have been straight jocking how great the award ceremony was going to be this year and how it would have been a must-see. Don't cry over spilled milk. You'll both learn when you get grown that you can't win em' all. Regardless, I bet you'll be watching the show eating chitlins with hot sauce when it comes on.


where is Frank Ocean in all this???


Am I the only one who saw that TP was nominated for best actor for Alex Cross???? LOL…it was the worst film made this year, horrible reviews, laughing stock of Hollywood. Also, Ava didn't get a writing nod for Middle of Nowhere either. Every year, same nonsense…


I can't find anything positive to say about these nominations so……..


bhahahhahahahhahah Sergio! bhahahhahahhahahahahhahahah! (Wheezes) bahahahhahah (Coughs) I hope I win one day so I can get a trip to harlem. bahahahahhahahhahahah


Tambay, if it is any consolation, Central Park Five has been nominated in the Best Documentary category for the Independent Spirit Awards. Sometimes you just shake your head and pray that a change is gonna come.

Lana Wilson-Combs

This article should put everything in perspective for you guys!



Washington, DC – The NAACP, the country’s oldest and largest civil rights organization, announced today that acclaimed film director Tyler Perry has donated one million dollars, marking the largest gift ever given by an individual entertainer. In addition, Perry purchased several NAACP commissioned Jacob Lawrence lithographs and additional lithographs by celebrated artists Jonathan Green, Elizabeth Catlett and Sam Gilliam. The gift, which will be distributed over the next four years, was made to commemorate the organization’s Centennial anniversary.


They didn't nominate Aunjanue Ellis for that Abducted movie but they nominated Keke Palmer and the film!? *flips table*

willie dynamite

The Naacp gives no f*%#s about great indie films, they never have. They are all about ratings and "stars" which is why TP is an annual host/winner. They want numbers to tune in, and they decided a while ago to hop on the TP train. They do not see the power that they could wield. If they were to acknowledge films like Middle of Nowhere and in turn let the film use the spotlight to promote the release of the film in upcoming cities, every one could get value from this and the award could easily gain more value. If only we could invest in ourselves then we would really advance… Damn you Willie Lynch!!!!

Adam Scott Thompson

Doesn't Perry kind of own the NAACP Image Awards now (seriously)?


Un–F%#$–BELIEVEABLE!! Wow, I'm so glad I've NEVER given any money to the NAACP. And now I never will. It's absolutely ludicrous that "Middle of Nowhere," did not receive a nomination for best film! And equally scandalous that "Unconditional," as best motion picture and best lead male actor (Michael Ealy) also didn't receive nominations. Unconditional is a movie that every black moviegoer should see. Like, MON, it is a beautiful, original story, with a great ensemble cast. It deserved better.
I know the producers behind Red Tails meant well, but that movie could have been so much more with better writing and directing. And TP has become the Adam Sandler of movies being made for black people — only those who make up the lowest common denominator in the theater-going public pays to see his shit. And, Ms. Touissant was most certainly robbed in the Best Supporting Actress category. She was on her game in "Middle of Nowhere." …

How are black people who have taste and class in all things cultural supposed to want to support black art and artistry if people like TP are rewarded and supported by organizations like the NAACP? Jealous and Brock really need to look into this, 'cause this stinks. Oh, and, people "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel," is NOT a reality show! If anything, it should be in the "Talk show" category, HELLOOOO! Ugh, I'm done. I used to watch this lame show, but no more. … oh, oh, and I love Jealous saying, how they're happy about the show being on NBC — the No Black (people) Channel. Zucker got rid of all the black actors while he was on the scene, and the network hasn't really made any type of concerted effort to lure black writers, actors or producers back. I guess NBC figures by giving the NAACP a two-fer, that makes up for the rest of the year. Overheard in the NBC executive washroom: "Look at us, we're hosting a 99.9% show featuring black people AND it's during Black History Month!" See. We support black people in entertainment.


So if they put Middle of Nowhere and took out Good Deeds or whatever else in the film category, and any of the other changes people are mad about, then these nominations would look credible?


Looks like fan and critical favorite "The Walking Dead" was overlooked also. Lorraine Toussant was also overlooked for her supporting role in "Middle of Nowhere". "Good Deeds" was awful. It was so awful that I had multiple phone conversations about its awfulness. I try to support Tyler, but "Good Deeds" was a major fail. The plot was not believable, the editing was raggedy, and the ending was totally predictable. I felt as if Tyler was trying to prove something about himself to the audience with "Good Deeds". As for the overall snub of "Middle of Nowhere", it's bad enough to have excellent work overlooked in general, but it's even worse when your work is overlooked by your own people.


Lorraine Toussaint made my skin burn in her scenes. Taraji Henson in Think Like A Man gets an honor and Ms. Toussaint gets snubbed? All is not right in NAACP land. Something rotten going on.


uptil I looked at the check which was of $9302, I did not believe …that…my sister woz actualie receiving money part-time from their computer.. there great aunt had bean doing this for under 9 months and recently paid for the loans on there place and bourt a gorgeous Bugatti Veyron. I went here…..

Justin W

Wow, that's all I can say….


She must not have paid. Every nominee has to pay per category to even be considered. The quiet as kept secret. No other awards show in town does that. I dare say Fox has a lot more money than AFFRM?


Tyler Perry has so much influence and power over these awards that I'm not surprised. These organizers have catered to him – as unashamedly biased as they may be – year after year. I bet he "contributes" monetarily to these awards for their support. Is anyone really that surprised? Besides, has Tyler ever been vocal/supportive about any of Ava's projects? Has he ever mentioned her in any one of his long letters to fans? … He doesn't have to, but I'm just sayin'.


I'm glad you mentioning the omission of Middle of Nowhere. The fact that Good Deeds was nominated over a film embraced by critics and public and other awards bodies, tells you everything you need to know. Tyler Perry was a host once and is obviously a croonie of this body. Lorraine Touissaint bested by Taraji Henson in Think Like A Man? Are you for real people? No Central Park Five anywhere? Bad bad bad.


Someone over at the NAACP must have something against Ava. How is it possible that they nominated the actors of her film and not the film? The NAACP has just embarrassed themselves by not recognizing a black film that all of white America has rewarded and embraced. Something in the water does not compute. SMH.


The NAACP Image Awards are a joke. I never pay them any attention. Does any one recall who ever won one? No. That's how meaningless they are.

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